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Civic Engagement

Liberty City Digital Commons (LCDC)

The Liberty City Digital Commons (LCDC) proposes the creation of a Wi-Fi network in Liberty Square, the largest public housing development in Miami’s Liberty City, a historically African American, culturally significant community where fewer than thirty percent of households have Internet access. The initiative will be launched using open technologies for wireless communications, such as mesh networking, to allow for... more »
Who are you?

We represent a coalition that includes the Education Effect at Miami Northwestern High School, the School of Journalism at Florida International University, the Liberty Square Trust, and the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Providing open access to the Internet offers essential opportunities for civic engagement, whether seeking out volunteer opportunities, launching voter outreach campaigns, or running/joining community organizing initiatives. LCDC users will be able to use the network as a portal to both seek and post job and educational opportunities, and through these efforts, contribute to a community that is focused on strengthening social capital.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Because political engagement now relies heavily on digital media, increasing Internet penetration can boost voter outreach campaigns and ensure greater engagement around pressing issues when voters go to the polls. LCDC will create volunteer opportunities as residents build and maintain the Wi-Fi network, and learn of other volunteer opportunities posted to the network such as community gardening, working with charitable and after school programs, and joining neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Please give examples of your project's success.

LCDC is modeled after other successful open Wi-Fi projects launched by a project partner, the Open Technology Institute, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. Additionally, one of the benefits of launching a community-based Internet project like LCDC is that there will be useful metrics used to measure whether or not the project is meeting its goals—among them general usage data, popular access points, time users spend on the network, and the peak times for use.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Florida International University

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Education

Liberty to Make

A makerspace in Liberty City will help locals garner & foster their entrepreneurial & creative talents while coming together as a community. This culturally-infused makerspace will serve as a hub for socially-conscious technological innovation through hands-on education. Community members will gain specialized skills in fields such as design thinking, 3D printing, modeling & fabrication, & programming. Liberty to Make... more »
Who are you?

MIAMade is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a sustainable maker culture in Miami.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our program will promote specialized skills & embed the principles of making that will lead to neighborhood development & job growth for new makers. Students that pursue a postsecondary education with a concentration in a STEAM disciplines, are more likely to either change studies or drop out if they didn’t receive prior hands-on training. Making will accelerate the creative process and extend collaborative processes while giving them a new value for artisanship.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Providing Maker Education opportunities to the people of Liberty City through an ambassador teaching program allows them to broaden & transfer their knowledge in STEAM fields. These new skills contribute to the workforce & will lower risk for unemployment. An interest in making can increase not only high school graduation rates from 77.2% in Miami to surpass national standards, but also increase enrollment in postsecondary education with the hands-on training that they will gain.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Liberty to Make is a reinvisioned Wynwood Maker Camp, developing new innovative thinkers in the Liberty City community. MIAMade’s maker events and programs, such as the Miami Mini Maker Faire, Maker Saturdays and the camp, has exposed STEAM disciplines to over 6,500 citizens in Miami. As a result, youth have been exposed to interdisciplinary approaches to making, confidence in the making process & a sense of pride in their final products.

Organization Name (or individuals name) MIAMade

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